Library stamp documented on fore-edge.

From p. 415 of Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine by George Milbry Gould and Walter Lytle Pyle (1901). [Here]

Note: This is a really interesting book, but not for the faint of heart. It combines the almost-surely-mythical and the present-day-mundane with what is otherwise a vast account of documented anomalies and curiosities of medicine. It inspired the title of my exhibit back in August. —kcw


A Cataloger’s Look at the Dr. Robert L. Egolf Collection
The Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature

2nd Floor, Library East (Map)
University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

November 14, 2011 to January 13, 2012
9:00am to 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (Calendar)

This exhibit, put together by rare books catalogers at the University of Florida, features all sorts of cool children’s books: the best of Maurice Sendak, lots of autographed copies (including Munro Leaf and Trina Schart Hyman), toy and game books (like The Slant Book), foreign language books, and more!

This case is about the collection’s oddities and surprising morbidity: cannibalism and the plague, skeletons and hallucinations, and lots—lots—of dead children and puppies.

This case brought to you by yours truly: a first edition of Edward Gorey’s The Wuggly Ump (1963), a couple of Caldecott-illustrated tales (including Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog), and Frank Asch’s hallucinogenic Linda, among others. Floridians should come by and check it out! —kcw